Tyler ISD: State Funding Mandates Won't Impact Students, For Now

As the state legislature has failed to pass a school finance bill... Governor Perry has mandated a minimum level of spending for Texas schools.

At least 65 percent of all education dollars must be spent on direct classroom instruction.

Tyler ISD superintendent David Simmons says the District is in good financial shape, but now, they'll keep a watchful eye on just what the state will say is a classroom expenditure.

"If in the future, certain expenditures aren't allowed to be included and coded as an instructional resource, you could see a reduction in services. But at this point we're going to do everything we can to make sure that does not occur," Simmons says.

Last week, Governor Perry used executive order to set a minimum teacher salary schedule, and fund textbook purchases.

Morgan Palmer, reporting.  morganpalmer@kltv.com